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2/28 Big Ten Recap: Purdue Is Your Big Ten Champ

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Purdue beat the defending Big Ten champs to clinch their first conference title since 2010

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Purdue, as expected, took care of in-state rivals and defending conference champion Indiana Hooser, to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2010.

Let’s take a live look at how SBNation’s Purdue site Hammer & Rails is holding up:

oh. ok.

There were two other games in the Big Ten. The Big Ten’s two newcomers faced off at The Rac and Maryland obviously won that game. Elsewhere, Ohio State broke Penn State’s heart with a buzzer beating layup at the Bryce Jordan Center.

We’ll give you all the notes and anecdotes from a very regular night of Big Ten hoops below!

Game of The Night:

-#16 23x B1G Champs 86, Indiana Hoosiers 75

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way: Caleb Swanigan recorded a 21 point, 10 rebound double-double. He did that en route to a Big Ten clinching win over their in-state rivals and defending conference champs.

Let’s check in on SBNation’s Indiana blog Crimson Quarry:

Oh, looks like they’re taking the loss juuuuust fine.

Dakota Mathias dropped 19 points and grabbed seven boards. Vince Edwards scored 15 points, and also pulled down seven rebounds on the night. Spike Albrecht knocked down a late three-pointer on senior day.

We’re going to miss you, Spike.

Isaac Haas got into early foul trouble which limited his minutes in this game. He finished with just six points in six minutes.

Indiana will wrap up their disappointing season on Saturday in Columbus. As we’ve been saying for a while now, every game Indiana plays has serious NIT implications. That one, however, will be particularly NIT focused, as both teams will probably be selected to the field.

Purdue heads to Northwestern for a Sunday afternoon clash between two tournament teams. Northwestern will be looking to win that game, thought, as it would absolutely be the win they need to vault them into a real solid seeding for the tournament.

The Rest:

-Maryland Terrapins 79, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 59

Maryland snapped out of its three-game losing streak with a 20-point, layup of a victory over a hapless Rutgers squad. This win won’t do much for their SOS, but it got them back in the win column, which is always a good thing.

Forget about Melo Trimble’s 11 points and seven rebounds, and forget about Kevin Huerter’s eight point, four rebound game, what Maryland fans need to be happy about are L.G Gill and Ivan Bender’s 10-point performances from off the bench. In the box score, those are the 10 points that separated a win from a loss, and the fact that they’re getting that type of contribution from off the bench is a good sign, indeed.

Maryland is probably still going to the tourney, but they might want to beat Michigan State at home, and make a bit of a run in the Big Ten Tournament.

As for the Scarlet Knights, well, no. They’ll end their season at home on Saturday against Illinois. They’ll need to win the BTT to make the tourney.

They will not be winning the BTT.

-Ohio State Buckeyes 71, Penn State Nittany Lions 70

Ahhhhhh, crap.

Penn State can’t seem to win these tight games, can they?

Well, I guess you can blame that on youth. Their talented young trio of Tony Carr, Mike Watkins and Josh Reaves legitimately look like a group of players that can lead Penn State to the best era in the history of their basketball program.

Just, not yet.

Tony Carr and She Garner scored 21 and 20, respectively, while fellow freshman Lamar Stevens scored 16 and grabbed 5 boards. It was good, but not enough.

Ohio State got solid contributions from their starters, with Loving, Thompson and Tate all finishing in double figures. The difference came from their bench production, which was 29 points compared to Penn State’s five.

Deppppttthhhhhhhhh, folks. Depth.

That was the real story of this game. Sure, Jae’Sean Tate made a layup with just a few seconds left to do what their gridiron counterparts could not do; squeak out of State College with a win over an inferior team. But, the depth disparity between the two teams was apparent, and ultimately was the difference in this game for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State hosts Indiana on Saturday, Penn State heads to Iowa City on Sunday. Both games should be huge for the Big Ten’s NIT hopes.